Monthly Archives: November 2015

Let justice take its course for Laude— priest

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2015— A Catholic priest asked the public to let justice take its course as the court is set to release its verdict for a detained US marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Committee on Public Affairs, said justice has been served when the guilty are punished and the innocent go free. “Let justice takes its course. The guilty should be punished and the innocent be

Read more
Don’t blame climate change on God – priest

Church and school-based choirs perform during the “Laudato Si” concert last Nov. 8, the second anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda. (Eileen Ballesteros) TACLOBAN City, Nov. 30, 2015 – “Blaming God for climate change is wrong,” said Fr. Oscar Lorenzo of the Archdiocese of Palo in his homily at the Sto. Niño Church today. “Whatever is happening to Mother Nature now is a repercussion of the activities of man,” he reiterated. Lorenzo

Read more
Priest: Advent about spiritual readiness

PARAÑAQUE City, Nov. 30, 2015 – A Catholic priest has warned the faithful against the tendency of many to rush Christmas but who are “unprepared spiritually,” urging them rather to reflect first on the gift of hope Advent brings. Hopeful spirit “Let us not forget the spirit of Advent,” exclaimed Fr. Gerardo María de Villa, OSB Saturday, Nov. 28, in his homily at the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, Parañaque City. He expressed

Read more
Palo to focus on ‘family as oasis’ before 2016 celebrations

Pre-Cana seminar is regularly conducted in the Sto. Niño Parish closely linked to the Family and Life Apostolate of the parish. (Photo by Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros) TACLOBAN City, Nov. 29, 2015 – The Palo archdiocese adapts the theme, “The Family as Oasis of Mercy,” in a prequel congress to be held in Ormoc City on Nov. 30 to celebrate the Church’s Years of the Eucharist, Family, and Mercy. This year the Church in the country celebrates

Read more
First Kidapawan Bishop Federico Escaler dies aged 93

Photo: www.phjesuits.org MANILA, Nov. 28, 2015— The former Bishop of Kidapawan, Federico Escaler, has died on Saturday, aged 93. The Jesuit prelate had been ill and passed away peacefully in his family ancestral residence in San Miguel, Manila on Saturday morning. “Towards the end of 2015, a mass was discovered in his liver for which he declined further intervention,” the Philippine Jesuits said in a statement. Born in Manila, he served as

Read more
‘Establish God’s kingdom in PH army’ – chaplains reminded

Army chaplains partake of the Body and Blood of Christ during the concluding mass of the 1st Character Enrichment Program (CEP) Conference on Nov. 24 at the Air Force Museum. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz) TAGUIG City, Nov. 28, 2015 – Priests serving in the military were reminded recently about the purpose of their service: bringing Christ to the country’s armed forces. “God is inviting us to put our hearts and to set our hearts firmly in the

Read more
Army Chaplain Service awards ‘outstanding chaplains’

Army Chief Chaplain Fr. Col. Andres Bonifacio Belleza CHS (GSC) congratulates Fr. Maj. Juan Jerome C. Daluro as Best Chaplain of the Year 2015 for his exemplary service as Division Chaplain of 9th Infantry (Spear) Division. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz) TAGUIG City, Nov. 28, 2015 – As part of the celebration of the 78th Chaplain Service Foundation Anniversary, the Office of the Army Chief Chaplain Service (OACCS) on Nov. 24 recognized in a simple ceremony

Read more
‘Give much, be happy’ – Bible scholar

Participants of the seminar workshops on "Loving Kindness: Joy of Giving" to help the Bacolod faithful celebrate the Year of the Poor (Photo: Fr. Mickey Cardenas) BACOLOD, Nov. 28, 2015 – As the CBCP’s Year of the Poor reached its culmination in this diocese the faithful here were taught once more how to discover happiness as one truly poor in spirit by using their resources to help other people. In his talk entitled “Happy

Read more
Church to issue ‘passports’ for Jubilee of Mercy pilgrims

Fr. Regie Malicdem, the archdiocese’s Chancellor, meets Pope Francis in Manila during his pastoral visit. MANILA, Nov. 27, 2015— With the Year of Mercy set to begin next month, Catholics are encouraged to go on a pilgrimage to designated “jubilee churches”. But this time, in the Manila archdiocese, the clergy are pushing for the spiritual journey with a new twist— pilgrims will be issued “passports”. Fr. Regie Malicdem, the archdiocese’s

Read more
Army told: ‘Real war is spiritual’

Arturo Alabanza of the Order of St. Michael (OSM), a ministry of Couples for Christ Global Mission (CFC Global) PASAY City, Nov. 27, 2015 – A hidden war is being waged right now where souls are at stake because it is humans against Satan himself, said a retired army colonel who now busies himself helping soldiers and their families strengthen their faith in God pointed out on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at a gathering of army chaplains and their associates

Read more